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Long Island-based mixed-media artist Francine Perri makes steampunk collages and jewelry
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Francine Perri is proof that you don’t have to go to art school to create gallery-worthy artwork. A self-taught mixed media artist in Long Island, New York, she’s seen her creations featured in gallery shows, magazines, coffee table books, and an auction that raises funds for breast cancer programs.
“I love to make steampunk collages,” she says, but she also creates steampunk jewelry, which she learned how to make by watching YouTube videos.
She takes a lot of online classes, she says, “but I put my own spin on my work so it is original.”
One of her instructors was Greek artist Vasilis Kontos, who inspired a carousel that’s among her favorite pieces.
She often begins with canvases or wood boards, adding paint, stains, watch parts, ephemera, and metal. “Sometimes my findings come from eBay or around the house,” she says. She finds that matte gel does a good job of holding the items in place. Sometimes she uses rust paste to give objects a rusty look.
You can see more of her work in the gallery below. Also check out her Instagram page.